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Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 14 (Laundry)

Welcome to Day Fourteen of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

{Note:  Are you getting overwhelmed with all the amazing ideas in all the various 31 Days series?  I know I'm finding it hard to keep up with all the ones I want to follow.  If you're finding that too, please know that I do not want to overwhelm you in any way with this series!!  These tips will always be here and you can come back to them whenever you want to work on any of these organizing ideas.  :)  I'm making a plan to catch up with some of my favourite series in November!}

Today's tip is to help you organize your laundry room.  Whether you have an actual room, or a closet, or part of a hallway, or just a corner of your basement, there are a few things you can do to help keep your laundry area organized.

No one really enjoys doing laundry (if you do, then please share your secret!).  It's one of those tasks that is never really done, so it can feel overwhelming sometimes.  But keeping your laundry room organized can save you time.  And doing a few things to make your space look nice may keep you from letting messy piles of laundry build up or least make you smile a little when you're tackling them :)

Here are a few of my favourite laundry rooms I've seen online and some tips you can incorporate into your laundry area:

1.  Susan at Achieving Creative Order recently completed a beautiful makeover of her laundry room.  You can check out all her posts about it here.  I encourage you to check them out because there are just too many amazing pictures to show here :)  Susan incorporated so many organizational details into her new laundry room including folding space, cupboard space, drawer space, and basket space.  Plus, she added several really beautiful touches to make it pretty.  I love it and it would totally make me happier when I'm doing laundry!

Laundry Room Before and After

2.  If you have a hard time remembering to keeping clothing items out of the dryer, here's a handy little tip for using a dry erase marker so you don't forget!

Washer Trick

3.  If your washer and dryer are in a closet, here's a great idea for being able to store laundry baskets that are still easily accessible.  Danielle at Hold Onto Your Hat converted her horizontal shelf into an angled shelf.

Laundry Closet

4.  It's great to have a place to hang clothes that are dry.  Here's a creative way that Bec from Little Lucy Lu created a hanging space in her laundry room using a ladder (click the link below the picture for a full tutorial).  I love it!

Ladder Laundry Rack

5.  Baskets with labels will help you group like items together.  Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything has made great use of the vertical height in her laundry closet!  She also shows some of the touches she added to make her laundry space pretty.  {I love the little clothes pins hanger for missing socks!}

Laundry Room Revisited

6.  And last, by not least, here's a look at Becky from Organizing Made Fun's laundry room.  I love that it's a "normal" laundry room, and she received a lot of comments to that effect, so clearly there are a lot of us out there who do not have dream laundry rooms :)  Click the link to her post (below the picture) because Becky explains her laundry "system" as well as her DIY laundry soap and softeners.  Organizing how and when you do your laundry is just as important as how you organize your laundry room and it can really save you a lot  of time.

Laundry Day with OMF

{Note:  there are a TON of "recipes" for DIY cleaners.  I shared the DIY laundry detergent I use here.  If you're looking for more ideas, I have some on my Cleaning & Cleaning Supplies board on Pinterest.}

Please remember to pin from the original source for all these fantastic pictures!  I'm happy to share them with you but I should not get credit for them :)

For Day Fourteen, organize your laundry area.  If that feels overwhelming, start by organizing how and when you do laundry and then think about one idea from this post that you could implement that would make your laundry system better.  Put that tip into action and then come back another time to add another.  One step at a time!

Tomorrow we'll continue looking at tips for organizing various spaces in your home.

And just a reminder that as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  Feel free to leave a comment with any particular areas you'd like me to cover.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

How do you organize your laundry room?  What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. I like the tips - my laundry room isn't as nice as yours, but it is organized.

    1. These aren't pictures of my laundry room Sandie! I should actually implement some of these to get mine more organized :) Glad yours is organized though!

  2. I have a long, skinny laundry room. My W/D is front loading and stacked. I use one three-tiered pull-out drawer set from IKEA (one for soap, change, and stuff like that; one for lights; one for darks). I set up the remaining space with closet rods and shelving and we use it as our closet (as in mom/dad). I love it and find laundry to be almost no chore. I just stand in front of it, fold stuff, and put it away!

    1. Wow that sounds great! I would love to have all of that so close together. My laundry room is in our basement and our closets are on the upper floor so we're constantly lugging baskets of laundry up and down 2 flights of stairs. Thanks for sharing your system and I'm so glad {and a wee bit jealous!} that laundry's not a chore for you :)

  3. Thanks so much Hilda for featuring my laundry room! I have to say that I am much happier now after rethinking what works best for me and my family. I can totally relate to having laundry in the basement-as that is where mine was in our previous house. To me it always made it easier to do a load every day or every other day so that I only needed to walk a basket up and down the stairs once (or less) a day. I tried doing it all on one day and about went crazy. Although I guess it was a good workout! Thanks for sharing all of these great tips! I can never get enough tips when it comes to organizing. :)

    1. You're welcome Susan! Your laundry room is amazing and I'm so glad it's working so well for you. Makes it worth all the effort planning it out... I love it when a plan comes together :)

      Yes, I definitely get my exercise doing laundry here (that's probably a good thing!). I tend to vary between doing a load every day or 2 and doing a bunch of loads once a week, depending on what else I'm doing. I wish I had a folding area though (you were really smart to plan that in!!).

      Glad you're enjoying the series :)

  4. Oh I love the ladder idea for drying clothes! My laundry room is small so it is hard to make it look like I want to. FYI I have nominated you for a Liebster award. See today's post for details. I have a link to your site on today's page ;)

    1. I think that's my favourite idea too Raquel. Not sure if it would fit in my small space either though.

      Thank you so much for the Liebster award nomination! I've already received one but your questions are different so once my 31 Days series is over I'll do a post answering yours :) Thanks again!

  5. Once again, amazing post! I have bookmarked it and will return in the near future to check out all the blogs you are linking back to! The little clothes pins hanger for the missing socks is genius and so cute! I've been pinning all the missing socks together, but I like this idea so much more! And that laundry room is a dream :)
    Hanging the ladder up is so smart, especially with small laundry rooms!
    Thanks again, Hilda!


    1. Thanks Kristina! I love that sock holder too. Funny how socks always seem to go missing in the laundry :)

  6. Seems like I need to figure out how to get onto Pintrest. I'm able to view but not log in and make my own boards - yet. Tips?

    Tip I keep seeing for preventing missing socks - use a clothes pin to hold them together when you wash. Not sure how that holds up through the wash.

    My tip - group people's small items in a small mesh laundry bag and wash all the bags together or toss them in with your regular wash. You can dry them this way too - makes it easier to fold and put back to the correct drawers. The way I figure it - one load a week = 7 pairs of undies & socks - give or take. Perfect for one mesh bag :)

    1. Helen you have to sign up on Pinterest to create your own boards. You can email me if you want help with it!

      I like the mesh laundry bag idea. I've used them for things I don't want in the dryer (so I don't forget and accidentally shrink something!) but I like your idea of socks & undies going in for each family member. If each person put their dirty things in as they took them off, nothing would go missing :) Great idea!


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